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I’m a writer, mainly about art and jazz. I am currently the art critic for The Spectator magazine, and also contribute to many other publications. I have recently finished a book on sculpture co-authored with Antony Gormley.

My recent books include In Pursuit of Art, Modernists & MavericksA History of Pictures: from Cave to Computer Screen (co-authored with David Hockney) and Rendez-vous with Art, co-written with Philippe de Montebello, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. My other books all scrutinize the working process of great painters: nine weeks in the life of Vincent van Gogh, seven years of John Constable’s romance with his wife-to-be, around 250 hours which I spent sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud, a series of dialogues exploring painting, landscape, space, time and perception with David Hockney, and a biography of Michelangelo Buonarrotti.

New Book – Shaping the World!

Co-authored with the leading sculptor Antony Gormley, informed and energised by a lifetime of making, this book explores the central role of sculpture in the development of human culture from prehistory to the present day.

More information, including two extracts from the book, can be found here, and click here to watch me and Anthony talk about the history of sculpture.

I’ll be appearing with Antony to discuss Shaping the World – and sculpture in general – in a digital event at the Hay Literary Festival on November 26th.